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About Henry Blofeld

BBC Test Match special commentator Henry Blofeld is undoubtedly the current "voice of cricket" and he continues to be one of the best-loved characters in the game.

"Blowers" as he is affectionately known, is as famous for his musings on pigeons, planes, double-decker buses, tea ladies, Cakes and his catchphrase ‘My dear old thing' as he is for his cricket commentary.

His side-splitting one man show is a quintessentially British affair, in which "Blowers" trawls through his extraordinary life. He was brought up in the idyllic Norfolk countryside, amongst a vibrantly eccentric Edwardian household, and later educated at Eton and Cambridge. He dropped out to pursue a brief career in finance, before beginning his chequered career in journalism and later broadcasting.

To celebrate his 70th year he will be performing at a celebratory evening at The Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 30 May 2009. The evening will be hosted by fellow TMS colleague "Aggers" - Jonathan Agnew, and will include appearances from many friends in sport, journalism, entertainment and politics who have been a part of Henry's colourful life.

Speaking from his home in Chelsea, Henry Blofeld explained how delighted he was to be taking part in such an event   - "What an incredible honour - Blowers at The Royal Albert Hall. Who would have thought that when I tootled off to the Bat and Ball ground at Gravesend in May 1962 for my first day's cricket reporting that this is where it would get me 46 years later. I hope I am not bowled middle stump first ball!

It's going to be huge fun! In the first act I am going to cobble together an amalgam of the best bits of my one man shows - some good, robust names will play a part in this. Her Majesty the Queen, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, George Shearing and Clive Dunn all get a mention.

In the second act I will leave you in the capable hands of fellow BBC Test Match Special commentator and my old friend "Aggers" - Jonathan Agnew. He will chat with old friends and colleagues who have bravely put their lives on the line. I fear they will talk about me. I keep my fingers crossed that they won't tell the truth! What fun".